Do I need an Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valve?

Do I need an Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valve?

What is an Earthquake Gas Shut Off Valve, and why should I consider installing one?

Intended to close a gas line in the event of an earthquake, these devices prevent gas flow into a structure where earthquake damage may have occurred. This greatly reduces potential risk of explosion, or fire, if a gas line is broken, or if a gas supply is flowing in an uncontrolled way after a major seismic event.

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Western Rooter talks about Hydro Sewer Line Jetting in Beven & Brocks News Letter

AVOIDING A REALLY BAD DAY!

Most everyone knows that plumbing problems can occur on their own schedule. Not only are they unpredictable but they can occur when least convenient, such as during the middle of the night or on holidays and weekends. The unpredictable nature of plumbing emergencies can also make them more expensive to resolve, since the probability of interior damage to flooring, walls and personal property is high.

The good news is that associations can take steps to remove the “surprise” element of some plumbing emergencies. There are proactive steps an association can take to avoid plumbing emergencies as it pertains to sewer drain clogs. This requires the commitment of the board to responsibly budget for regular drain cleaning service at least once a year, if not more frequently.

It is easier to remember to budget for tree trimming annually because we see the trees every day and appreciate them. But sewer pipes are a bit different. We don’t appreciate the drain lines until one back’s up. The good news is that there are ways to limit the emergency calls, and proactively keep your sewer lines healthy. Just like your personal health it’s important to keep your heart arteries clear so that way you don’t have a sudden heart attack.

There are a few options to clearing a sewer drain: traditional roto-rooter and hydro-jetting.

The traditional roto-rooter approach utilizes a machine with cable and sharp blades to cut roots, clean out other debris in the sewer line. The hydro-jetting process is more intense and utilizes trailer mounted equipment that uses up to 4,000 PSI and pushes 13-20 gallons per-minute through the sewer line. The bottom line is that hydro-jetting uses a larger machine to effectively cut roots, and blast out grease and debris. The roto-rooter approach by comparison is far less effective. The cost of the roto-rooter approach as opposed to the hydro-jetting approach is about one-third to one half. Older sewer pipes, such as cast iron, which is more common in HOA’s is more problematic.

There are a few options to clearing a sewer drain: traditional roto-rooter and hydro-jetting. The traditional roto-rooter approach utilizes a machine with cable and sharp blades to cut roots, clean out other debris in the sewer line. The hydro-jetting process is more intense and utilizes trailer mounted equipment that uses up to 4,000 PSI and pushes 13-20 gallons per-minute through the sewer line. The bottom line is that hydro-jetting uses a larger machine to effectively cut roots, and blast out grease and debris. The roto-rooter approach by comparison is far less effective. The cost of the roto-rooter approach as opposed to the hydro-jetting approach is about one-third to one half. However the effectiveness is ? (How would you describe this?)

The effectiveness is this. If a sewer line has tons of grease /sludge/ kitchen waste debris hydro jetting is the best solution for this. It cuts and blows grease out of the sewer line cleaning the entire pipe.

If a sewer if full of grease and you run a tradition cable / and blades thru the line it it’s like poking a temporary hole thru jello. You may get the line clear/ flowing but the grease will come back quickly. Imagine trying to screw something into jell-o. Hydro jetting is very effective for this. Lots of HOA complex have typically heavy grease/ kitchen debris build up in their sewer lines. The grease is typically found in the kitchen sewer lines.
Roots- roots can be cut out a few different ways. But a traditional cable and blades will get the job done if you you have roots in your sewer line. The technician may have to work the root infested area longer than Normal however a traditional blade, cable and roto-rooter machine can effectively clear the sewer .

Over the last few years the hydro jetting technology has improved so much they now make tips/ nozzles to effectively target what you are trying to clean…roots, grease and other debris.
A hydro jet can effectively cut roots very fast and efficient. It will take less time than a cable and blade that being said it is a little more expensive.

Hydro jetting can effectively cut roots if the hired company has the right Equitment to cut roots with their hydro jetting machine.
-typical soft clog / baby wipes/ toilet paper/ hair/ food waste/ female products etc.

A common clog of the items listed above can be easily taken care of with a traditional cable /blade and roto rooter machine. The blades with clean the diameter of the pipe along with pushing all debris to the main city sewer. It is important to make sure the service tech cleaning the sewer runs his machine with blades to effectively clean the sewer. Not uncommon for plumbers to find inappropriate items in the drain, such as grease, baby wipes, and excessive food waste. All of these items should not be in a cast iron sewer pipe as the grease and acidity from food waste can actually eat away at that sewer pipe over time. Also, most people aren’t aware that soda or bacon grease should never be run down the drain. Grease will actually harden over time as it sits over time. The garbage disposal should not be used as a trash can.

When bidding for this service you should always insist that the company remove all sewer line caps and utilize the hydro-jetting method in the sewer line. After the hydro- jetting is performed require that the company washes down the driveway or surrounding area where the sewer line is, to insure everything is cleaned.

Regular hydro jetting maintenance can cut down on frequent back ups, remove grease and debris in the sewer line to help the pipe last longer and avoid unforeseen and expensive emergency calls.

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Start saving water this Fall season!

Indoors
You’ve purchased some WaterSense labeled products and started down the road to savings, but don’t stop there. There are lots of things you can do in your own home to reduce water use and get more from less. Just follow our simple tips below to get started!

11,000 Gallons of Water = 270+ Loads of Laundry

Here, there, and everywhere:

Fix a Leak: Small household leaks can add up to gallons of water lost every day. That’s why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year in March during Fix a Leak Week.

In the bathroom—where over half of all water use inside a home takes place:
Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you’ve been lathering up!
Learn tips on how to Shower Better here!

In the kitchen- whip up a batch of big water savings:
Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand.
Use a dishwasher; and when you do, make sure it’s fully loaded!
While you’re at it, scrape that plate instead of rinsing before loading it into the dishwasher.
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than using a running tap of hot water.
Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
In the laundry room—where you can be clean AND green:
Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.”

Outdoors
Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 7 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household’s outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent.

In the yard—be beautiful and efficient:
Create a water-smart landscape that is both beautiful and efficient to give your home the curb appeal you desire.
Timing is everything! Knowing when and how much to water allows you to keep a healthy landscape.
Upgrade to a WaterSense labeled controller if you have an in-ground irrigation system.
Find a certified irrigation professional to install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it is watering at peak efficiency.
Take a look at the Landscape Photo Gallery for inspirational examples of beautiful, water-smart landscapes from across the country.

Other outdoor uses—drop that hose and keep it covered:
Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing off.
Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.”

Pipe Burst? Toilet Clogged? Western Rooter & Plumbing is here for you! 626.448-6455

Burst pipes are a serious plumbing emergency that can lead to major water damage in your home. Preventing burst pipes can best be achieved by carefully inspecting your home’s pipes for signs of cracks or wear. Additionally, it is important to wrap any exterior pipes to prevent them from freezing during the winter. For indoor pipes, make sure they are able to stay above freezing by leaving cabinet doors open during the coldest winter days.

If a burst pipe occurs, it is important to act quickly by shutting off the water to the home. This can be done by using the shut-off valve located outside. Once the water has been turned off, you will then need to contact an emergency plumber who can repair the pipe and restore your plumbing back to normal. If you have more questions about how to prevent and handle a burst pipe, then contact Pasadena Emergency Plumbing for further assistance.

If your toilet is clogged, there are several options that you can try to fix it. However, make sure that you do not continue to flush it because this will add more water to the toilet bowl. In addition, it helps if you know what is causing the clog because the unclogging method that you use will depend on this.

One method is to use a toilet plunger. It is best to choose a plunger with an extra rubber piece on its bottom to create the best seal possible around the toilet’s drain. If a plunger does not work, you could try to use a toilet snake if you have one. These snakes are long thick tubes that can push through the clog. If you do not have a snake, you could try a homemade version by straightening a wire hanger and pushing it down the toilet drain as far as possible. If these manual methods do not work, try chemicals. An enzyme-based solution may take several hours to work, and it will only work on organic matter. More powerful chemical solutions are also available. If you have any further questions about this, contact the Pasadena Emergency Plumbing company.